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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Sunday, 6 July, 2014
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
North Yorkshire
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+44 (0) 1904 328041
+44 (0) 1904 328045
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Precision agriculture
Biobased Materials
S3 EU priority areas: 
Bio fuels & energy efficiency
Industrial biotechnology
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
High value chemicals from plants, biorefineries, value from biowaste
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
BioVale Steering Group
Cluster Strategy

We want to build on Yorkshire and the Humber’s world-class strengths in the bioeconomy and establish it as an internationally recognised centre for bio-based innovation, focusing on renewable raw materials and agricultural technology. In this way, we aim to stimulate sustainable economic growth and encourage inward investment.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Details of support services: 

BioVale helps its members to:

  • access the latest research and world-class expertise in the bioeconomy.
  • engage in networking and dialogue with others working in this area.
  • build partnerships and collaborations with bio-based innovators and their supply chains.
  • find funding for R & D.
  • have their bio-based business promoted to investors.
  • find overseas markets for products and services.
  • get training specially designed for the bioeconomy workforce.
  • use BioVale's help to locate in the area or find specialised facilities here.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
IAR, Bio-based Delta, Bioeconomy Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)




Success Story / Achievements: 

We have joined forces with Europe’s other leading bioeconomy clusters as the 3Bi intercluster, enabling the region to make the most of new markets and new opportunities from the bioeconomy, in Europe and worldwide.   We featured in the Government’s first report on the bioeconomy, raising awareness of the national importance of the Yorkshire and Humber region’s bioeconomy assets.   We helped secure funding for the BioVale Project at the University of York, which is providing infrastructure and support services for the region’s bioeconomy cluster.   Over 30 bioeconomy businesses, as well as academic and public sector organisations have engaged with BioVale through our Steering Group, Task Group and Special Interest Groups or through MOUs or BioVale membership   Over 400 subscribers regularly get the latest bioeconomy developments and opportunities via the BioVale newsletter

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Yorkshire and the Humber is an international centre for the bioeconomy, with its exceptional combination of world-class biorenewables research, bio-based industry and innovative agriculture. The region is a centre for world-class research on biorenewables and agri-food technology, including work at the Biorenewables Development Centre, the University of York, and the Food and Environment Research Agency. Bio-based industries in the region include one of Europe’s largest biomass power stations, the UK’s greatest concentration of food and drink businesses, specialist bio-based chemical producers and over 2000 SMEs working in the bioeconomy. Although the region represents only 6% of the UK’s land it hosts 12% of its farmland and over 11 thousand agricultural enterprises.  BioVale is the gateway to bioeconomy opportunities across the region including research and innovation partnerships, bio-based businesses, investment and specialist facilities.  BioVale streamlines access to the region’s bioeconomy resources, including its world-class science base, demonstration facilities, business support services and funding streams.